Secretary of Defense James Mattis discredited a questionable NBC report Wednesday that claimed President Donald Trump demanded a tenfold increase in the size of the nuclear arsenal.
â€œRecent reports that the President called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal are absolutely false,â€ Mattis said in a statement. â€œThis kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible.â€
The NBC reportÂ suggestedÂ that Trumpâ€™s surprising request caused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call the president a â€œmoron,â€ part of another report which both the secretary of state and the president have criticized for inaccuracies.
Trump rejected Wednesdayâ€™s report as fake news, calling NBC out on Twitter and putting them on the same level as CNN, which the president has repeatedly attacked for its false reporting.
Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a “tenfold” increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017
Trump called NBCâ€™s style of reporting and journalism â€œdisgustingâ€ when speaking to reporters Wednesday.
â€œIt is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,â€ he said, adding that a number of outlets are writing stories based on sources that simply do not exist.
Trump explained that, while he expects the U.S. to maintain top-notch nuclear capabilities, he believes that a substantial tenfold increase in the size of the nuclear arsenal would be excessive and unnecessary.
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